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Trump Keeps Pressure on Kim with North Korea Sanctions

When US President Donald Trump met face to face with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the first time, Trump’s opponents fanned fears that the US president would be out-foxed by Kim. Their mainstream media mouthpieces happily regurgitated a litany of doubts, including that Trump would give up too much in exchange for little but empty promises from North Korea.

The truth, which was always obvious if you ignored the mainstream babble, is quite the opposite.

In talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump said he is willing to hold a third summit with Kim. But Trump stressed the US will leave crippling sanctions in place on Pyongyang — and possibly even increase those — until Kim verifiably rids his nation of nuclear weapons capabilities.

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Another tense meeting for Trump and Kim

Trump has once again proved that he does not falter with his promises. Whether it be his devotion to his border wall, or his lack of involvement in the 2016 election meddling.

And in the Oval Office yesterday, Trump and Moon discussed the possibility of an inter-Korean summit with the North Korean leader — in order to revamp the discussions of denuclearisation, RAW reports.

It comes after North Korea agreed to suspend their nuclear testing and missile launch operations, however they have since not taken any meaningful and further steps to denuclearise completely.

Their bargaining chip has been the US easing their sanctions of trade — though there is no sign yet of compliance.

We could always increase them, but I didn’t want to do that at this time,’ Trump said.

It could happen. A third summit could happen. And it’s step by step. It’s not a fast process. I’ve never said it would be. It’s step by step.

Another summit on the horizon

The previous summits, this year in February and the first last year in June have reportedly built good rapport, though there is still a long way to go. To do so, Trump and the South Korean President are discussing ‘certain humanitarian things’ — such as the South supplying the North with food.

A three-way summit between Moon, Kim and Trump is reportedly not out of the question. But even so, another summit between the original two may not be far away.

And Moon believes good news is on the horizon — he sees Hanoi not as a failure, but a work in progress towards clarity and agreeance.

A recent statement about the meeting says,

The two presidents agreed that the top-down approach will continue to be indispensable in the peace process on the Korean peninsula. In this regard, President Trump stressed that the door was always open for dialogue with Chairman Kim.

Moon expressed confidence in the push, saying,

The important task that we face right now is to maintain the momentum of dialogue and also express the positive outlook regarding the third US-North Korea summit to the international community, that this will be held in the near future.’ Moon said.

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